Both the latest NCGS News and the NCGS Journal (Feb 2015) are now available online, in the Publications section. The NCGS Journal is only available to members, after logging in.
Did you miss Diane Richard's live webinar? This is another opportunity to hear it!
NCGS is proud to provide a recording of Pre-1913 Vital Records - Challenging & Elusive & Not Necessarily Impossible to Find, with Diane L. Richard. This recorded webinar will be available for a free, 3-day public viewing, over the weekend of 6-8 February 2015. This webinar will be accessible from the NCGS website.
Though North Carolina didn’t start officially requiring birth certificates until 1913 and death certificates until 1930, it doesn’t mean that you cannot determine when and where earlier birth, marriage, and death events occurred. So, what can you do when a certain official vital record cannot be found?
You may register any time prior to the free viewing dates (6-8 Feb 2015), or on any day of the free viewing period. Upon registration, an email will be sent to the email address you provide on the registration form, containing a link to the webinar viewing page. This link will not be active until the free viewing period starts. You may wish to add the dates to your personal calendar as a reminder.
Spring Workshop: Deciphering and Preserving Vintage Photos
The North Carolina Genealogical Society (NCGS) and the Friends of the Archives will present Deciphering and Preserving Vintage Photos, on 21 March 2015 at the State Archives of North Carolina, 109 E. Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27601. We hope you will join us for the full-day workshop (online registration | PDF registration form) featuring Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective.
Space is limited. Please register early.
Registration will begin at 8:00. The full-day workshop will include four lectures by Maureen Taylor:
1. “Photo Detecting 101: Identifying Family Photographs.” Audiences love this interactive lecture on discovering who’s who in their family pictures. They’ll learn 10 easy steps for naming those unidentified pictures tucked away in shoeboxes.
2. “Discovering Genealogical Clues in 19th-Century Photographs.” A single photograph can unlock a family mystery. The details are in the photographic clues. Pictures document births, deaths, marriages, and more. Use an image as genealogical proof by understanding the language of family photographs.
3. “Buns, Beards, Bodices, and Bustles: Understanding Ancestors Through Clothing.” Ancestral fashions and the industry that produced them left behind a fascinating legacy of images and information. Learn how to read clues in fashion trends and apply that knowledge to your own photos.
4. “Photo Organizing Practices.” Do you suffer from photo overload—historic images and photographs on your devices? Follow these basic tips to tackle that image pile. Bring your questions to this session.
Lunchtime sessions to be presented by Archives personnel*:
1. “Photograph Collections in the Archives.” Discover some of the gems “hidden” in the photograph collections. Learn what’s available and how to find historic photos of people and places that can provide clues to your family history.
2. “Preservation Techniques.” Do you know the best ways to store and care for your old family photos? Get some tips from an expert in the field of conservation on how to preserve and protect those treasured images.
* The lunchtime sessions are each offered twice to give participants a choice of attending either before or after eating lunch.
2015 NCGS Awards – Call for Nominations
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2015 NCGS Awards. Among the most rewarding of NCGS programs, the awards promote continued excellence in North Carolina genealogy and also inspire others to publish abstracts and transcriptions of North Carolina county and state records, cemetery and Bible records, family histories, and society journals and newsletters and to develop informative genealogical websites. The Awards Committee urges you to join the society in recognizing the labors of deserving individuals and societies by submitting a nomination for a 2015 NCGS Award in one of several categories.
The NCGS Awards nominations are open from January until 15 August 2015.
The categories for the 2015 NCGS Awards are as follows:
1. THE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN PERIODICAL PUBLISHING for a periodical (newsletter) published by a local North Carolina genealogical society.
2. THE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN PERIODICAL PUBLISHING for a periodical (journal) published by a local North Carolina genealogical society.
3. THE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN WEB PRESENCE for a freely accessible website promoting North Carolina genealogy.
4. THE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN PUBLISHING for a book, or a set of books, of abstracts or transcriptions of original North Carolina primary source material and published within eighteen months preceding the closing date (15 February 2014 – 15 August 2015).
5. THE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN PUBLISHING for a book of secondary source material relevant to North Carolina and published within eighteen months preceding the closing date (15 February 2014 – 15 August 2015).
6. THE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN PUBLISHING for a book of family history relevant to North Carolina and published within eighteen months preceding the closing date (15 February 2014 – 15 August 2015).
7. THE AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO NORTH CAROLINA GENEALOGY for an individual whose longtime genealogical contributions have greatly enhanced the study of family history in North Carolina. The genealogical contributions may be regional.
8. THE AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO NCGS BY A MEMBER for an individual whose work within the NCGS has been outstanding.
Each submission requires a Nomination Form, which should be mailed to NCGS Awards, PO Box 30815, Raleigh, NC 27622-0815. A copy of any publication being nominated must accompany the submission, as well as complete contact information and any relevant supporting material, data, or additional written endorsement. Please include the latest 4 issues of a nominated newsletter or journal. Closing date for submissions is 15 August 2015.
Guidelines for NCGS Awards for genealogical publications, websites, and individuals worthy of consideration for nomination are posted on the Awards page of the NCGS website. Nominations are reviewed by a panel of judges, and awards will be presented during the NCGS Annual Meeting to be held in October 2015. Printed materials
should properly cite their sources. Submissions of printed material are donated to Genealogy Services collection of the State Library of North Carolina in Raleigh after the judging process. If you have questions, please send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Please help NCGS acknowledge and honor worthy individual and society endeavors in publishing and other contributions to North Carolina genealogy by nominating their work for the NCGS Awards Program this year.
Update - 13 Nov 2014: over 10,000 more Names and over 2,000 Places have been added. The structure of how these indexes are accessed has been changed, using a table format rather than a page with a list of downloadable documents. Each entry in the table will open a pdf file in a new browser window. It is hoped this will make it less cumbersome for researchers. (The previous method is still available on the main Publications page.)
Access the online index from the main menu, under Publications > NCGS Journal > NCGS Journal Index. Currently, the total is 40,342 Name entries and 5,154 Place entries.
The latest issue of the NCGS Journal (Vol. 40, No. 4) is now available. Remember, you must be logged in as a member to access it. The print edition should be mailed out early in November.